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Seniors take on gap year

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Senior Zoe Phillips is taking a gap year instead of going to college. She made this decision so she could have more time to think about her future and to save more money.

Senior Zoe Phillips is taking a gap year instead of going to college. She made this decision so she could have more time to think about her future and to save more money.

Senior Zoe Phillips is taking a gap year instead of going to college. She made this decision so she could have more time to think about her future and to save more money.

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As school is coming to an end, most students are preparing to go to college; however, this is not the case for a couple of Northwest students who are taking a respite from their academics.

Seniors Zoe Phillips and Delaney Ward decided to take a gap year instead of going with the traditional route of going to college right away.

“I choose to take a gap year because I still don’t know what I want to do,” Phillips said. “I have many ideas of what I want to do, but I wanted a more solid plan for my future rather than a day dream.”

Phillips is planning on working during her gap year especially because going to college is expensive.

“I plan on working, to save up enough money so it would be less financial stress for my family,” Phillips said.

In the future, Phillips wants the become a teacher, but for now she is taking a year to think her future plans and is getting a lot of support from her family.

“My dad was a big supporter in that he didn’t have to make big payments for college right after making payments for my dancing,” Phillips said.

Ward is taking a gap year for similar reasons as Phillips. She is also planning on working as well as traveling.

“I’ll be the first to admit I have no clue what I want to do with my life, and I’ll be graduating high school with 27 college credits so I knew I’d be able to afford to take a gap year cause I’m not really ready for college yet either,” Ward said. “Plus, I know that after college I’ll feel pressured and wanting to get a job so I thought no time like the present.”

Ward’s parents are also very supportive of her decision and she is planning on going to UNC Wilmington in the fall of 2019.

Phillips recommends taking some time off for anyone who is thinking about a gap year, especially after thinking about her own reasons of taking one.

“I recommend taking a gap year because at some point everyone feels the need for one,” Phillips said. “Students who feel like they don’t know who they are or want to be should consider a gap year because you can work and discover more about yourself while figuring out a financial plan.

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